Borderline Personality Disorder was first introduced into the Psychiatric literature in the 1930’s. Since that time, people with BPD have been misdiagnosed, maligned, stigmatized, marginalized and frequently avoided by mental health providers as well as the general public. In fact, BPD was once described as the “leprosy of mental illness”.
Such unfair and unfounded perceptions about BPD finally began to change in the 1980’s when Dr. Marsha Linehan unveiled her groundbreaking treatment for people struggling with BPD, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, the first BPD therapy to be clinically determined to be effective.
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